2016 Festival Schedule / Calendrier de l’édition 2016 du Festival

2016 Festival Schedule / Calendrier de l’édition 2016 du Festival

Thought-provoking Canadian and international documentaries on global issues. View the festival program in English and French.

General Admission $15.00/Program | $50/Festival Pass
Students, seniors and low-income $12/Program | $40/Festival Pass

Eventbrite - Ottawa's 27th Annual One World Film Festival (Sept 29-Oct 1, 2016)

Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, K1A 0N4

Thursday September 29th: On the Frontlines of Indigenous Resistance
Doors open at 5:30PM
Hosted by Nigel Newlove (APTN)
6:00PM Introduction to the 27th Annual One World Film Festival
6:15PM Rigoberta Menchú: Daughter of the Maya (U.S./Guatemala)
Presented in partnership with the Nobel Women’s Initiative
7:15PM 7:15PM Panel discussion with Rachel Vincent (Director of Media and Communications, Nobel Women’s Initiative), Guillaume Charbonneau (Latin America Program Manager, Inter Pares) and Colleen Cardinal (National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network and Families of Sisters in Spirit), moderated by Nigel Newlove (Host of Nation to Nation, APTN).
8:00PM When Two Worlds Collide (Peru/U.S./U.K.)
Presented in partnership with MiningWatch Canada

Friday September 30th: Stories from the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Doors open at 5:30PM
6:00PM Welcome and Introduction
6:15PM Another Kind of Girl – Short documentaries by Syrian refugees (Jordan)

Presented in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Canada
7:10PM After Spring CANADIAN PREMIERE (U.S.)
Presented in partnership with Oxfam Canada
9:00PM Panel discussion on the Syrian Refugee Crisis with Melanie Gallant (Head of Media Relations, Oxfam Canada) Mr. Johannes van der Klaauw (UNHCR Representative in Canada) and Professor Peter Showler (University of Ottawa)

Saturday October 1st: Harvesting Freedom and Migrant Dreams
Doors open at 11:30AM
12:15PM Welcome and Introduction
12:30PM Migrant Dreams (Canada)
Presented in partnership with Inter Pares
2:00PM Panel discussion on justice for migrant workers with Migrant Dreams director Min Sook Lee, Chris Ramsaroop (Justicia for Migrant Workers) and migrant workers.
3:00PM Citizens of Nowhere (Haiti/Dominican Republic/Canada)

Saturday October 1st: Politics, Protest, and People Power
Hosted by Adrian Harewood (CBC)
Doors open at 5:00PM
5:30PM Q&A with The Ghomeshi Effect
6:00PM Welcome and Introduction
6:15PM Quitte le Pouvoir (Step Down) (Netherlands/Senegal)
7:15PM The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (U.S.)
9:15 Panel Discussion with anti-racism activist Chelby Marie Daigle and political activist Khalid Haneef-Jabari, moderated by Adrian Harewood

General Admission $15.00/Program | $50/Festival Pass
Students, seniors and low-income $12/Program | $40/Festival Pass

SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, K1N 7B9

Sunday, October 2nd: Personal Pilgrimages and the Search for Truth
Doors @ 11AM
11:45AM Nallua
1:30PM Ottawa Premiere of Searching for Dragons and Master Class with Director Dan Gainsford (FREE)

General, students, seniors and low-income $5 (Sunday only)

Buy tickets and/or register here.


Directed by Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching | U.S. | 2016 | 102 min
Close to 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, the second-largest such camp in the world. With After Spring, executive producer Jon Stewart and the filmmakers deliver a moving and urgent documentary that immerses us in the rhythms of the camp, the role of the aid workers, and the daily lives of families contemplating an uncertain future. Presented in partnership with Oxfam Canada.

Another Kind of Girl – 7 short documentaries by Syrian refugees
In Jordan’s refugee camps and urban areas, Syrian girls are given the opportunity to record their own lives in a compelling way with the potential, not just to change the trajectories of their personal stories, but to inspire others and challenge our perspectives of refugees.
Another Kind of Girl by Khaldiya Jibawi | 2015 | 10 min
The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon by Walaa Al Alawi | 2015 | 5 min
Dreams Without Borders by Muna Al Hariri | 2015 | 5 min
Children by Marah Al Hassan | 2015 | 5 min
The Silence of Nature by Bushra Al Masri | 2015 | 3 min
Barriers of Separation by Raghad Al Khatib | 2015 | 4 min
The Long Road by Rafif Al Fadel | 2015 | 4 min

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Directed by Stanley Nelson | U.S. | 2015 | 115 min
Master documentarian Stanley Nelson provides an essential history and vibrant chronicle of the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. With its calls for freedom, equality, and an “immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people,” the Black Panthers birthed a new revolutionary culture in America that continues to resonate in the fight for racial justice in present-day America and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Citizens of Nowhere
Directed by Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay and Régis Coussot | Canada/Dominican Republic/Haiti | 2015 | 52 min
In 2013, a legal ruling rendered stateless a quarter million Dominicans of Haitian descent. Their story of being scapegoated and denied legal status is narrated by Haitian poet and playwright Jean-Claude Martineau, cutting to the heart of the human drama of migrants who have sacrificed everything in the hope of a better life.

Migrant Dreams
Directed by Min Sook Lee | Canada | 2016 | 90 min
The dark side of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program is exposed this intimate character-driven portrait of resistance among migrant workers in Ontario. Lied to and threatened with deportation by agents and employers, a group of migrant agricultural workers exposes an ongoing exploitation of migrant labour that demands to be confronted.

Directed by Christian Mathieu Fournier | Canada | 2015 | 76 min
Nallua tells the story of two survivors of a tragedy suffered by a community of Inuit peoples in Canada’s Arctic in 1943. Their testimonies of loss and longed-for return to their ancestral lands speak to a collective legacy of searching for answers and a hopeful bridge between past and future.

Quitte le Pouvoir (Step Down)
Directed by Aida Grovestins | Netherlands, Senegal | 2014 | 46 min
A collective of journalists and musicians from Dakar’s inner city form the ‘Y’en a marre’(‘Fed Up’) movement  in opposition to Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade’s unconstitutional attempt at a third term in 2011 and successfully register and engage 300,000 new voters, inspiring youth in Senegal and across Africa to exercise their democratic rights.

Rigoberta Menchú: Daughter of the Maya
Directed by Dawn Gifford Engle | U.S., Guatemala | 2016 | 61 min
The courage and tenacity of the indigenous Maya people of Guatemala shines through in director Dawn Gifford Engle’s beautiful, tragic, and ultimately triumphant story of how one woman, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, recipient of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, overcame poverty and violence to become a global defender of human rights. Presented in association with the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

Searching for Dragons
Directed by Dan Gainsford| Canada | 2015 | 72 min
An encounter with a stone dragon in the heart of Central America inspires Ottawa filmmaker Dan Gainsford to abandon a routine desk job and embark on a five-year pilgrimage from the Arctic to Panama. Recording his personal odyssey down unconventional paths, the filmmaker’s experimental approach reflects a process of self-discovery that questions the North American dream. A master class will follow the screening, providing attendees the opportunity to discuss and engage with Gainsford at the Ottawa premiere of his documentary. Register for this free presentation at oneworldfilmfestival.ca.

When Two Worlds Collide
Directed by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel | Peru/U.S./U.K. | 2016 | 100 min
In this extraordinary exposé, awarded a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, directors Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel bring us to the frontlines of political and environmental struggles in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest—a clash between Peruvian government and economic elites bent on resource exploitation and indigenous peoples, led by courageous activists, fighting for their rights and the future of the Amazon.